What is the Merchant Navy Commemorative Theme Project?

The Merchant Navy Commemorative Theme Project (MNCTP) is a "Canadian driven" initiative dedicated to educating Canadians, Americans, and members of the international community about the sacrifices and contributions made by the Allied Merchant Navy and the American Merchant Marine during WWI, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. The MNCTP also promotes them as part of Canada's, the United States of America’s, and indeed, the world's rich maritime heritage.

As importantly the MNCTP highlights Canada's worldwide contributions to peace and democracy, on the international stage, throughout the last century, and beyond. Moreover, the MNCTP bridges the gap between the present day shipping industry and its glorious and predominantly forgotten past.

By interconnecting historical fragments into a united whole, the MNCTP ensures that the valiant stories of our seafarers are told alongside their military and other civilian counterparts. The MNCTP also safeguards the legacy of the Allied Merchant Navy and American Merchant Marine as the mainstay of the Allied Forces victories in both World Wars.

In 2015, the MNCTP launched the Allied Merchant Navy Promotions and Commemorative Celebrations (AMNPCC) as part of our new Global Maritime Promotion, Integration and Outreach Strategy (GMPIOS). The AMNPCC has been created to unify nations of the world under common veterans’ and maritime themes. The AMNPCC is the foundation for: building a global partnership among nations of the world; public and private sector and non-for-profit organizations; educational institutions; the general public; and much more.

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The Never Forgotten National Memorial Foundation is committed to Honouring Canadian War Dead… Where Ever They May Lie. There are more than 114,000 Canadian War Dead that lie burried in foreign countries., lost at sea, or otherwise consumed into the landscapes of war, and these Heroes deserved to be honoured on Canadian soil with a unique and truly magnificent memorial.

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Who Were They?

Sadly many were individuals like Ted Truskoski, a 17 year old soldier that died in battle, and now rests in a country thousands of miles away from his home.

Now is the time to Honour Canadian War Dead – Wherever They May Lie.

As this unique story of the Never Forgotten National Memorial unfolds, you will hopefully experience a far better understanding as to the world of those courageous individuals…

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Honouring Our Fallen

The Never Forgotten National Memorial will be a place for remembrance and gratitude. It will ignite a new level of inspiration and passion with all Canadians and non-Canadians alike, through its spectacular maritime setting and the creation of the brand new iconic statue of Mother Canada.

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Where Are They Now?

In the Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemeteries in 74 countries around the world dedicated to fallen Canadians. The vast majority of these servicemen and women lost their lives in both World Wars, the Korean War, numerous peacekeeping missions and in recent international conflicts.

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A Beautiful Location, A Natural Fit

The location of the Never Forgotten National Memorial will take advantage of the Cabot Trail’s iconic ocean look-out, located at Green Cove, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. From this point, Mother Canada will stand tall with arms outstretched to embrace each and every one of Our Fallen who lost their lives in overseas conflicts, peacekeeping roles and Canadian missions.

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Solemn But Spectacular

Beneath stormy seas and in distant lands lie men and women who never returned home. The Never Forgotten National Memorial will be a place for visitors to reach back through the generations and forge a very real connection with this young nation’s Fallen Heroes.

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The Vision

Mother Canada is only one of the many wonderful facets of the Never Forgotten National Memorial. The site will offer a number of interactive opportunities and touching tributes which will allow visitors to reach back through the generations and forge a very real connection with this young nation’s Fallen Heroes, be they relative, a friend or even a perfect stranger. Come… Be Humbled

Wreaths Across Canada

Canadian Forces

Wreaths Across America

Merchant Navy Commemorative Theme Project - Messages from the Political Leaders of Canada

Read the 2016 Messages from the Political Leaders of Canada

Read the 2015 Messages from our Canadian Political Leaders of Legacy

Messages from the Political Leaders of Canada
Pope Francis

Merchant Navy Commemorative Theme Project - Special Remembrance

The Apostolic Nunciature in Canada announces that His Holiness Pope Francis will include a special remembrance in his prayers for the souls of the men and women who lost their lives serving their countries in the Allied Merchant Navy.

Read the Special Remembrance from Pope Francis

75th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor
Video Message from IMO Secretary - General Kitack Lim
The Honourable Stephen McNeil

Nova Scotia Proclaims September 3, 2016, Merchant Navy Day

The Hon. Stephen McNeil, Premier of Nova Scotia, declares September 3, 2016, Merchant Navy Day

Read the Announcement from
the Honourable Stephen McNeil

The Honourable Brian Gallant

New Brunswick Acknowledges September 3, 2016, as Merchant Navy Day

The Hon. Brian Gallant becomes second Premier in Canada’s history to recognize both the Allied Merchant Navy and American Merchant Marine

Read the Message from
the Honourable Brian Gallant

Merchant Navy Commemorative Theme Project - Presidential Proclamation
National Maritime Day — May 20, 2016
United States of America

Read President Barack Obama’s Maritime Day Message

President Obama Maritime Day Message

Merchant Navy Commemorative Theme Project - Merchant Marine vets honoured
Thursday, September 3, 2015

View the Merchant Navy Veterans Day Ceremony at Collingwood Cenotaph Photo Gallery

Merchant Marine vets honoured
The Honourable Kevin Doherty

Saskatchewan Proclaims Merchant Navy Veterans Day - September 3, 2015 - News Release

The Honourable Kevin Doherty, Minister for Parks, Culture, and Sports for the Province of Saskatchewan, declares Merchant Navy Veterans Day for Saskatchewan - September 3, 2015

Read the Announcement from
the Honourable Kevin Doherty

The Honourable Deanne Crothers

Manitoba Proclaims First Week in September, Merchant Navy Awareness Week - 2015

The Hon. Deanne Crothers, Manitoba's Special Envoy for Military Affairs, declares the first week in September, Merchant Navy Awareness Week

Read the Announcement from
the Honourable Deanne Crothers

Global Events Calendar

  1. Merchant Navy Veterans Day, Ceremony at Collingwood Cenotaph

  2. Philippine Maritime Day

  3. Wreaths Across Canada National Service of Remembrance

  4. CDA/CDAI Conference on Security and Defence

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  5. 53rd National Maritime Day Celebrations in India

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  6. 30th Annual Merchant Marine Convention and Reunion

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  7. India Maritime Day

  8. United States Maritime Day

  9. Day of the Seafarer

  10. Maritime Day in China

  11. Japan Maritime Day

  12. World Maritime Day

  13. Philippines Maritime Day

Media

CBC News Coverage 1988

Merchant Navy Veterans Day - 2007

Merchant Day of Rememberance - 2007

Our Veterans’ Voices

Captain John "Jack" C. Smith Interview

The Merchant Navy-Reality Show

The Merchant Navy—Reality Show Produced By Scottish Television